Ammonia release reported at PCS Nitrogen

PotashCorp’s PCS Nitrogen Fertilizers plant in Augusta is one of the nation’s largest fertilizer manufacturers, with products including ammonium nitrate and ammonia, and parts of the plant is seen at the Laney Walker Exit off Interstate 520 in Augusta, Georgia on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Sara Caldwell/staff

Augusta officials are monitoring an ammonia release incident at PCS Nitrogen on Friday night.

At about 8 p.m., a situation at PCS Nitrogen required one of its machines to be shut down, according to a statement released by the city. During the shutdown process, the company had to vent the pressure in the machine, which resulted in an ammonia release.

Residents in the area of the facility, near the intersection of Sand Bar Ferry Road and Bobby Jones Expressway, may smell the ammonia, but it is not an emergency situation.

Residents who can smell the ammonia or experience eye irritation are asked to stay indoors. Officials believe the gas will be cleared by winds.

Officials continue to monitor the situation.



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